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Attorney seeks special prosecutor in manslaughter case

April 24, 2015

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for a teenager charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging a friend to kill himself has told a judge that the entire Bristol district attorney’s office should be disqualified from prosecuting the case because the victim is related to the district attorney.

Joseph Cataldo, an attorney for 18-year-old Michelle Carter, of Plainville, asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor.

He says although District Attorney Thomas Quinn has recused himself from the case, prosecutors in his office owe him their jobs and promotions.

Quinn is a third cousin to Conrad Roy III, who killed himself last July in Fairhaven.

Prosecutors say Carter sent Roy text messages encouraging him. Cataldo said the opposite is true, and Carter tried to talk Roy out of killing himself.

The judge did not immediately rule.

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